Iron Cowboy is an patience memoir within the culture of Dean Karnazes’s Ultramarathon Man—a lifetime’s worthy of intensely lived event packed into twenty riveting chapters written via Matt Fitzgerald, the most effective activities narrative writers. similar to James Lawrence’s legions of fanatics, readers will notice via Lawrence’s striking tale the key to attaining own objectives of all kinds.
When James Lawrence (aka the Iron Cowboy) introduced his plan to accomplish 50 Ironmans in 50 consecutive days in all 50 states, the single one that believed that he may pull it off used to be James himself (and his spouse, Sunny). An Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile motorcycle journey, and a 26.2-mile run. In Lawrence’s case, he must entire these distances after which make it to the following country in time to do all of it all over again day after today. Even Lawrence’s trainer didn’t imagine he may do it; he penciled in one other occasion the day Lawrence used to be presupposed to whole the problem. yet with the help of Sunny and their 5 childrens in tow, and with grassroots aid conjured constantly on the final minute through fb, Lawrence finished precisely what he got down to do. Iron Cowboy is the tale of Lawrence’s herculean 50-day trip and all of the awesome, depressing, and life-threatening occasions that occurred alongside the way in which, in addition to a look at his lifestyles major as much as the venture, and successful earlier global files.
Lawrence holds global files within the Guinness booklet of global Records: one for finishing 22 half-Ironmans in a single 12 months (2010) and one for finishing 30 complete Ironmans in a single 12 months (2012). In 2015, he set a checklist for finishing 50 Ironman distances in 50 states in 50 days. via social media and press, Lawrence used to be capable of finding fanatics in each one state—anywhere from three to 500 people—to entire a number of the Ironman along him, and supporters have been invited to affix him for the Iron Cowboy 5k (the final 3.1 miles of James’s marathon); for his final Ironman in his domestic country of Utah, greater than 3,500 to 4,000 humans confirmed up. alongside the best way, Lawrence survived tropical storms, inner bleeding, hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, nerve harm, contaminated foot blisters, a blood-clot scare, severe sleep deprivation (he basically acquired 4 to 5 hours of sleep every one night), and a motorbike crash—and simply because he’s Mormon he did all of it with out espresso!